Wiley College honored its 2021-22 Red River Athletic Conference Scholar-Athletes and Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars at Chapel service Tuesday.
Wiley’s RRAC Scholar-Athletes maintained a 3.0 or higher grade-point average during the 2021-22 Academic Year, while Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar recipients held a 3.5 or higher cumulative GPA and were active in the community.
RIVER ATHLETIC CONFERENCE SCHOLAR-ATHLETES
Dennis Everson II
De Lisha Paul
The Wiley College Department of Athletics had seven student-athletes excel in the classroom as well on the field of competition as they were named Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars.
Men’s basketball player and track and field athlete Demarius Houston landed on the first team maintaining a 4.0 grade-point average. He played 20 games with 15 starts and led the team with 47 three-pointers. This is Houston’s second academic award as he also was selected to the College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-District team.
Volleyball and track and field athlete Marissa Neal was named to the first team. This was her second selection after earning the third team in 2020-21. Neal played in all 18 matches, leading the team with 149 kills. She earned second-team All-Conference and was an All-Tournament Team selection. Last year, Neal was also named a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Daktronics Scholar-Athlete.
Kailie Williams earned a first-team selection after earning second-team last year. She played in all 19 volleyball matches and finished third on the team with 97 kills. Williams also ran on the national championship 4 x 100-meter relay team. Last year she earned NAIA Daktronics Scholar-Athlete.
Hailie Williams, who competed in volleyball and track and field, was named to the first team after earning second-team in 2020-21. She played in 18 matches and was second on the team with 136 kills. Williams earned Second Team All-Conference. Last year she was an NAIA Daktronics Scholar-Athlete.
Cross country and track and field athlete De Lisha Paul was named to the second team for her second selection. She was a third-team selection last year. Paul was the top runner last fall. She’s run the Lady Wildcats’ fastest 800-meter run time this season. She was also an NAIA Daktronics Scholar-Athlete last year.
Volleyball player Merritt Elder earned her second selection after being named to the second team. For most of the season, she was the starting libero and posted a career-high 245 digs. Elder was an All-Conference Honorable Mention. In 2020-21, she was an NAIA Daktronics Scholar-Athlete.
LeAndria Jackson earned a third-team selection. She took over the starting setter position midway through the conference. She led the team with 345 assists.